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NSW Women's Week

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NSW Women’s Week is a chance for people across the state to come together to support one another, share information and celebrate women’s achievements.

2021 NSW Women's Week ran from 8-14 March and coincided with International Women’s Day, and the NSW Women of the Year Awards.

To celebrate the diverse contributions of women from all walks of life, NSW Women’s Week features a program of activities that range from promoting gender equality, to increasing women’s participation in sport.

View the list of events below.

2021 NSW Women’s Week Activities

Sydney School of Entrepreneurship:  Leading in Times of Change and Challenge

DATE: Monday 8 March
TIME: 10.20am - 11:10am

VENUE: The Exchange, Dubbo

The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) will host an exciting panel session at this year’s Women’s Week. Joined by an audience at the Exchange, Dubbo, the event will be filmed and streamed across SSE’s channels.

We’ll hear from a panel of exceptional women, including, NSW Minister for Women, The Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, winner of the 2020 Young Women of the Year Award, Hannah Beder, and finalist, Julia Weber, along with winner of the 2020 Regional Woman of the Year Award Krystaal Hinds.

They will share their insights into championing change in their communities, how we can #ChooseToChallenge barriers present today and provide practical steps to foster resiliency in ourselves and others.

Be inspired by their stories and learn how together we can effect change!

Register today and join SSE's virtual Women’s Week panel discussion. By registering for a virtual ticket you will receive a link to join their livestream. This link will allow you to view the on-demand recording at your convenience.

Older Women's Network Event: A Tribute to Feisty, Fabulous & Fifty Plus Women

DATE: Monday 8 March
TIME: 10.30am - 11:45am
VENUE: Online

In celebration of International Women's Day, the Older Women's Network are hosting an online event where they ask the questions, "What does it mean to be an older woman today?", "What has it been like to be an older woman changing careers?" and "What's the secret to ageing well?". Learn from a diverse panel of women, ranging from a radio presenter to a film director to a liaison offer for the Rural Fire Service, who all have amazing stories to share.

The event will be hosted online by the Older Women's Network (OWN).

For more information about the program, contact OWN at

Please register for this FREE event here to secure your spot.

Older Women's Network Inter-generational Forum

DATE: Monday 8 March
TIME: 3.30pm - 5pm
VENUE: NSW Parliament House

This year's forum asks the question, "What Does It Take To Be Equal?". Bringing together a panel of women, across different generations, we'll hear about their experiences navigating the world of work and family and how they find their authentic voices. The panel will tackle issues of gender pay and work-family balance, and what can change when our voices are heard. And counted.

The forum will be hosted by the Older Women's Network (OWN) and shared with community radio stations across NSW.

For more information about the program, contact OWN at

eSafety Women: Empowering Women to be Safer Online

DATE: Tuesday 9 March
TIME: 1pm - 1:45pm
VENUE: Online

eSafety Women is a specialised program of the eSafety Commissioner that supports women to manage technology risks and abuse.

eSafety believe safe access to technology is crucial for all women. To support International Women's Day, eSafety are inviting women to join their webinar on Tuesday 9 March, designed to help women manage technology risks and find support if things go wrong.

The 45-minute session will show you:

  • how to test your tech savviness
  • what red flags to look out for
  • how to build your psychological armour
  • how we can all protect women’s voices online.

All women should enjoy the benefits of connecting with family and friends safely and with confidence. Register for their free webinar today.

Future Women Leadership Summit

DATE: Tuesday 9 March & Wednesday 10 March
TIME: 5:30pm

VENUE: The Star, Pyrmont

The annual Future Women Leadership Summit is back for 2021 with an inspiring line-up of thought leaders, changemakers and business leaders from Australia and the world.

This is your opportunity to join like-minded professionals for two days of inspiring discussion to learn the latest insights of modern leadership and apply them to your career.

The Future Women Leadership Summit will be held at The Star in Pyrmont, Sydney on 9 and 10 March, 2021.

Purchase your ticket today.

2021 NSW Women of the Year Awards

DATE: Wednesday 10 March
TIME: 7.30am – 10:00am (registration from 7.00am)
VENUE: Grand Ballroom, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

The NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, communities and society. The Awards profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere, women who make significant contributions in their community and young women whose achievements make them leaders in changing the social and business landscape.

For the first time ever, the Awards ceremony will be live streamed. Watch in real time as the 2021 winners are announced!

Please register now to access the live stream link.

Rural Women's Network Lunch

DATE: Wednesday 10 March
TIME: 12pm - 2pm
VENUE: Moree Town & Country Club

Come celebrate the success of rural women in NSW with the Rural Women’s Network (RWN). The RWN will be holding a lunch at Moree Town & Country Club, celebrating the amazing women who are triumphing in agriculture. The event will also look at the coming roles of rural women in NSW, and their knowledge and skillset to take over family farms in the future.

Hear from Isobel Knight (Proagtive, Loomberah), Casey Onus (B&W Rural and Moree Young Aggies) and Rebecca Longworth (South Bunarba, Mungindi) on their personal stories and perspectives on opportunities for farming women.

This International Women’s day RWN aspire to celebrate success, share success stories and generate conversations surrounding:

  • the way women’s involvement in rural families and businesses has evolved
  • the way women can proactively change their future
  • the way in which women leading on the land can benefit families, businesses and communities.

Please RSVP for this FREE event via Eventbrite to secure your spot! We have only 40 spots up for grabs and tickets are limited.

Supercharging Support for Female Founders

DATE: Wednesday 10 March
TIME: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
VENUE: Sydney Startup Hub, Level 1, 11 York St, Sydney

This is a must-see event for all female founders working in the startup ecosystem. Come along to Sydney Startup hub for a fireside chat between Jared Kendler, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems, NSW Treasury and Christie Whitehill, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Tech Ready Women.

Christie and Jared will be announcing a new government-supported program for early-stage female founders. Be the first to hear about this new program, who’s eligible and what’s on offer. Lunch included.

Spaces are strictly limited, register here:

Looking Forward: Female Entrepreneurship in 2021

DATE: Wednesday 10 March
TIME: 5:30pm
VENUE: Sydney Startup Hub, 11 York St, Sydney

Don’t miss this insightful panel featuring four accomplished entrepreneurs in the NSW startup ecosystem:

Join them as they discuss their journeys into entrepreneurship, share how they’ve adapted their businesses over the last year, and how we can grow the number of women working in tech startups.

Stay for drinks and networking following the panel. Spaces strictly limited.  Register here:

Sydney Startup Hub Female Founder Showcase

DATE: Thursday 11 March
TIME: 5:30pm
VENUE: Fishburners, Level 2, 11 York St, Sydney

Come along to hear from eight amazing founders from the Sydney Startup Hub, who are working on a range of exciting products and services. Learn about their startup and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Stay for drinks and networking following the panel. Spaces strictly limited. Register here:

2021 NSW Women's Week Grants

The NSW Women’s Week grants provide local organisations with an opportunity to deliver a range of education, mentoring and participatory activities that will provide direct benefit to local women and girls. The successful projects each demonstrated relevance to the NSW Women’s Week Grants program priorities of promoting women’s economic opportunity and advancement; health and wellbeing; and participation and empowerment.

More information is available on the grants program and a full list of successful grant recipients and their programs/activities for 2021 can be viewed here.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2020